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Comparing children's care work across Majority and Minority worlds

Evans, R. ORCID: and Becker, S. (2018) Comparing children's care work across Majority and Minority worlds. In: Twum-Danso Imoh, A., Bourdillon, M. and Meichsner, S. (eds.) Global Childhoods beyond the North-South Divide. Palgrave, pp. 231-253. ISBN 9783319955421

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Comparative qualitative methodologies that investigate children's lives in sharply contrasting socio-economic, political and welfare contexts are relatively unusual. Yet within an increasingly interdependent globalised world, comparative research and dialogue across binaries seems ever more important. In this chapter, we critically reflect on global conceptualisations of young caregiving and discuss the methodological and ethical challenges that arose in our comparative study of children caring for a parent/relative living with HIV in Tanzania and the UK. We discuss the potential problems and benefits of using the term "young carer" and suggest that levels of support and recognition of children's caring roles in particular countries do not follow a simple Majority/Minority world binary, but rather reveal a more complex picture. We argue that developing global perspectives that work across geographical, linguistic and disciplinary boundaries can facilitate greater understanding of the commonalities and diversities of children's caring lives globally.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Human Environments
Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:77364
Uncontrolled Keywords:Majority/Minority worlds, children's care work, young caregiving, young carers, Africa, UK, continuum of care, comparative research, geographies of children, youth and families, social studies of childhood


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